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The Mother Tree

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:55 am

This is Jim Smiths first Ficus nerifolia, salisicaria, salisifolia, willow leaf fig on display at the James J. Smith Gallery at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Ft. Pierce, FL

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:36 am

Yum!!!

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Post  drgonzo on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:36 am

And no doubt a relative of "the cloud" which would, I suppose in this case, probably be Jim's mother trees mother...Right Billy?

-Jay


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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:17 am

drgonzo wrote:And no doubt a relative of "the cloud" which would, I suppose in this case, probably be Jim's mother trees mother...Right Billy?

-Jay


I guess I don't know about "The Cloud." This tree dates from the mid 1950's. Whose tree is/was "The Cloud?"

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:58 am

OK, found "The Cloud." I had always understood that Joe Samuels found the first F. salisifolia, the tree above might be the cutting that Joe Samuels gave Jim Smith?

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Post  dorothy7774 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:14 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:OK, found "The Cloud." I had always understood that Joe Samuels found the first F. salisifolia, the tree above might be the cutting that Joe Samuels gave Jim Smith?

Here is the story of Joe Samuels and "The Cloud":

http://www.bonsaimary.com/Ficus-bonsai.html

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:36 pm

Thanks Dorothy

I found the Mary Miller account on my own, Jim's tree is dated 1975, so it all makes sense.

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Post  pongsatorn.k on Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:16 pm

very nice and amazing rootages!

regards,
Pongsatorn.K

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Post  JIM SMITH on Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:38 pm

Just to set thr record straight, my tree was purchased from a retail nursery on Vero's Beach for $10.00 in 1975. I found that his source was a wholesale nursery in Ap0opka Florida. This nursery had a large supply of them growing in containers in green houses.

Joe Samuel's bonsai -the Cloud exhibited at the ABS BCI 1975 convention in Miami was my inspiration.

Jim

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:27 pm

Thank you Jim.

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Post  nickalpin on Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:57 pm

This display is well worth visiting for anyone in the area. Some fantastic trees that serve as both inspiration and intimidation.

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